Breast cancer screening for younger women is not an efficient use of resources

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7097.1834 (Published 21 June 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1834
  1. Michael Baum, Professor of surgerya
  1. a University College London Medical School, Department of Surgery, Institute of Surgical Studies, Charles Bell House, London W1P 7LD

    Editor—Suzanne Fletcher concludes an otherwise excellent editorial on breast cancer screening in women younger than 50 by stating: “As time goes on and questions remain about the usefulness of screening women in their 40s for breast cancer, the wisdom of the organisers of the British trial becomes increasingly apparent.”1 I would like to make a mathematical estimate of …

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